Our First Cruise Experience on Carnival Inspiration Cruise


This is one exciting family fun cruise with our daughter and her husband.

Everyone is excited when we were boarding the ship. This was our first cruise (except my son-in-law).  Our cruise was 4 days/4 nights leaving Long Beach, California, then to Catalina Island and to Ensenada, Mexico then back to Long Beach.

Click above video to view more photos of our cruise.

We were surprised at how beautiful and huge the Carnival Inspiration was.  We entered the ship through the Atrium.  It was so beautiful, especially as you looked up at the ceiling and the surroundings.


Our room was nice and comfortable. We reserved an ocean view room and an interior room for daughter and her husband.  Friendly housekeeping staffs greeted us and let us know if we need any help or anything he is just outside of the room to help us.

The cabin had lots of storage space with three closets. The desk space was large enough fit our needs, and there is also an in-room safety box.  There is only one 110v power outlet and one 220v.  Every time we travel I make sure to bring an outlet expander which worked great to plug in three things at once.

One of the most exciting things you’ll see on your cabin is the towel animals the staff leaves on the bed when making up your room.

We boarded in time to get some early dinner at The Madri Gras Main Dining Room.  There is certainly plenty of food and a good variety. And you can order and eat all you can. Ice tea, lemonade, orange juice, water, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, and chocolate milk are free, however, if you want soda, you can buy an unlimited soda pass for the day for $5.




After dinner, we decided to tour the ship. They have a swimming pool and a hot tub.  And on an upper level, they have a water slide, and lots of fun water activities for kids and adults.

Next to our ship is The Queen Mary.  The Queen Mary looked so beautiful, viewing it from our cruise ship.   It is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.

For more information about The Queen Mary:                                                 http://www.queenmary.com/history/our-story/

Information and comparison between Titanic and Queen Mary: http://www.queenmary.com/history/comparison-fun-facts/titanic-vs-queen-mary/


There are lots of Lifeboats on the ship with the capacity of 150 persons per lifeboat and there were more than enough for all passengers on the ship.

Before we departed, we did a compulsory emergency/lifeboat drill so that we will know what to do, where to go if ever there will be an emergency and needs to abandon ship.


Activities on the Cruise

We were really surprised at how much there is to do on a cruise ship. Some activities include; the water park, swimming pools & spas, a gym, bingo, trivia quizzes, build- a- bear, karaoke, a disco, a casino, singing and comedy shows, and much more.





Seuss at Sea  – Enjoy a special onboard character parade, interactive story time, arts & crafts activities, character breakfast featuring their favorite Dr. Seuss friends and more. Seuss at Sea truly brings your child’s favorite books to life.

Hasbro, The Game Show  – You’ve played Connect 4 and Yahtzee, but have you ever played giant versions of them onstage in a competition that puts your gaming skills to the test? You’ll have your chance when you take part in Hasbro, The Game Show.

Camp Ocean – When families cruise Carnival, even the youngest kid have a big, awesome time. At Camp Ocean, 2–11 year-olds stay busy, keep active and have fun as they enjoy all new ocean-themed activities and entertainment made for kids.

Circle “C” – It’s where young teens ages 12 to 14 go to hang out, meet new friends, and enjoy some pretty awesome activities like dance parties, games, outdoor movies and more, in the special Circle “C” area or around the ship. It’s all supervised by friendly and fun-loving counselors who want your young teens to have the best vacation ever.

Club O2 – Parents deserve a nice vacation, and also for teens. Hang out and do stuff like watch movies, listen to music from this decade, play sports and video games, join karaoke jam sessions and even have a pool party or two, all with other high schoolers ages of 15 to 17 at Club O2.

These are few of the onboard activities that everyone can enjoy.  Check out for more:



Food on the Cruise

Now, let’s talk about food. Everyone’s favorite thing while on board the ship.   The first day, we had a sit-down dinner at the Mardi Gras Main Dining Room .

Guy’s Burger Joint – This poolside burger counter is the go-to destination for unhealthy but delicious dining onboard. In partnership with Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri, Carnival offers a menu of specialty burgers such as the Chilius Maximus, topped with onion rings and Pig Patty, a burger topped with another patty made out of bacon. Most people orders a cheeseburger and then heads to the toppings bar to dress their sandwich with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, pickle, bacon, condiments, and more. Veggie burgers are available only on request and you’ll have to wait for some to be cooked special. It’s open noon to 6 p.m.

Lido Restaurant  – Featuring a nice variety of casual dining options like Chef’s Choice, Salad Bar, Carnival Deli, Pizza Pirate and more.  With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and food options for everyone, you can enjoy your personal favorites while dining in the company of family and friends. It’s also where you can the soft serve and frozen yogurt and pizza station, both open 24 hours a day. A smorgasbord of food is served all day in the Lido Buffet Restaurant and choose from variety of fruits, salad, meats, sandwiches, and desserts. There is always food or drinks somewhere on the ship either a sit-down breakfast or dinner and also at the buffet.

Blue Iguana Cantina – The Blue Iguana Cantina features freshly made tacos and burritos stuffed especially for your enjoyment. Throw our homemade tortillas and salsa into the mix, and you have a casual dining experience.

Room Service: In-cabin dining is available 24/7. Most items are free but you can order off an extra-fee menu for a wider selection. Continental breakfast is ordered via a card you hang on your door. Choices include fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, bagels, yogurt, juice, milk, and coffee or tea.

One of the other things about going on a cruise is that you will NEVER go hungry.  At least while on board you don’t have to worry about food, the quality, the amount or the price.

Cruising is also giving back to yourself, and having memorable times with family or with friends.  Carnival Cruise is about relaxation and vacation.

It is also a time to see the sunrise over the water, and then watch the sun set again over the water in the evening. How awesome too to watch the moon rise over the waters and during the day you could even watch dolphins playing alongside with the ship.


Have you tried cruising?

Why not give it a try…



Many thanks to our Cruise Planner -  Michael Desravines, (Mike D.)
Carnival Cruise Lines | 3655 NW 87th Avenue | Miami, FL 33178 
Office: 800.819.3902 Ext. 82524 | Cell#: 786-505-9028 
Email: MDesravines@carnival.com


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